EDMONTON - The kid can run, the kid can catch and now Skyler Green shown he can throw.
Green provided one of the more memorable moments of this year’s Eskimos training camp when he chucked a 40-yard pass to Jamaica Rector on Wednesday off an option play.
“I played high school quarterback for three years in New Orleans,” said Green. “He was wide open because once I got the ball everybody expected me to run the ball. It was kind of a distraction to the defensive guys and left the other guys (receivers) open. I just kinda threw it over the top.”
A late arrival to the team last season, appearing in one regular-season game, Green has already made an impact. He was named special teams player of the week in the playoff game after returning a punt 93 yards.
Today, there’s still a part of his mind on the plight of his large extended family still dealing with the double whammy of Katrina and the Gulf oil spill.
“Some people are getting things together,” said Green. “Some people are starting to get their things together. We still survived.”
Green knows the people of Louisiana are a resilient bunch and that they’ll bounce back.
“Katrina, then the oil spill, that’s tough,” Green said. “Us people down there, we tend to learn how to overcome adversity and that’s the biggest thing.
“We’re still making it. Things are pretty good. I think they’ll get it all back together pretty soon.”